In a game that ended with a 23-19 victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, the Green Bay Packers and their fans are left questioning the fairness of the match.
A contentious call in the second quarter, where Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett’s pass to running back Jaylen Warren was ruled incomplete, has ignited conspiracy theories among the Packers faithful.
Despite officials deeming the play an incomplete pass, Packers defender Rashan Gary seized the opportunity, scooping up the ball and scoring a touchdown.
Head coach Matt LaFleur challenged the ruling, contending it was a backward lateral and should be considered a fumble.
PASS or LATERAL? pic.twitter.com/0j5e4mGMH4— IKE Packers Podcast (@IKE_Packers) November 12, 2023
However, after a review, the officials decided there was sufficient evidence to uphold the initial call, leading to the Packers losing crucial points that may have impacted the game’s outcome.
A replay of the disputed play circulated among Packers fans, fueling beliefs that the officiating was biased in favor of the Steelers.
The controversy has sparked discussions and raised questions about the integrity of the game in the eyes of the Green Bay faithful.
I’m a Steelers fan but the Packers got robbed on that one. That was clearly a lateral pass and fumble.— Quetopulus (@quincylsb) November 12, 2023
Every week I’m come more and more closer to the realization that maybe the NFL is rigged.
Clearly a lateral. That changes the entire rest of the game.— PDH (@bigophobacistzi) November 12, 2023
it's 100% rigged.. along with all other major sports and Olympics— Bob Franklin (@BobFran93191935) November 12, 2023
We should’ve won lol they took away lateral touchdown— realMoneyMax (@korotkiy_max) November 12, 2023
Week by week I think the NFL is rigged cause how was that not a backwards lateral by the Steelers on that fumble— Joan Curi (@JoanCuri) November 12, 2023
Anyone that doesn't think the #NFL is rigged and that the refs purposely make bad calls should watch the backwards lateral in the Steelers-Packers game. Literally stole 7 points from Green Bay (and this was reviewed!). #rigged #NFLrigged— James Lewison (@squand4) November 12, 2023
Rigged. Obvious call. Ridiculous 🙄— Isaac 📸 (@ID_photo_graphy) November 12, 2023
It’s bad!! So rigged! My Packers defense has been burned twice today due to officiating. Hope the ref spends his winnings wisely— KingofWakanda21 NicC (@CarlssonNic) November 12, 2023
Clear lateral we got screwed— 414Giannis🐐 (@MVP_Giannis34) November 12, 2023